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Public Hearing on Integration and Schools

The Department of Education intends to adopt new rules governing Achievement and Integration after this public hearing. All affected and interested people have an opportunity to participate in the hearing. She will accept your views orally at the hearing or in writing anytime before the close of the hearing. Submit written comments here: rule comments@state.mn.us.

If you are considering writing or speaking at the hearing, please consider Parents United a resource to help you prepare: 651-999-7391.

For more information, go to http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/Welcome/Rule/ActiveRule/SchDesegInteg/index/htm.

Minnesota Department of Education: Conference Center B, room 16

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Lawsuit accuses metro schools of failing minorities

Josh Verges, Pioneer Press, Nov 5, 2015 (David McNew/Getty Images) Minnesota’s failure to integrate Twin Cities metro public schools has denied minority children their constitutional right to an adequate education, civil rights lawyers charged Thursday in a lawsuit filed in Hennepin County District Court. “The defendants have allowed the stain and pollution of public school […]

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The Evidence That White Children Benefit From Integrated Schools

Anya Kamenetz, NPR Ed, October 19, 2015 Recently a neighborhood in Brooklyn made national headlines for a fight over public schools. Lots of affluent, mainly white families have been moving into new condos in the waterfront area called DUMBO, and the local elementary school is getting overcrowded. The city wants to redraw the zones in […]

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In U.S. schools, we’re all minorities now

Dane Smith, St. Paul Leagal Ledger Capitol Report, Sept. 17, 2014 This fall, for the first time in the history of the United States, just under 50 percent of the students in U.S. public schools were white, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And although the white proportion of the U.S. population is not […]

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How a ‘New Secessionist’ Movement Is Threatening to Worsen School Segregation and Widen Inequalities

Susan Eaton, The Nation, May 15, 2014   (Photo Courtesy of Don Harder, CC2.0) A new secessionist movement, anchored in the South, provides yet another reminder that “separate” still means “unequal” when it comes to the racial dynamics of the nation’s public schools. The small middle-class town of Gardendale, Alabama, outside Birmingham, voted on November 12 […]

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Brown v. Board at 60

Michael Diedrich; Education Fellow, Minnesota 2020, May 13, 2014 This Saturday will mark the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which found “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal,” and put a large crack in the foundation of legally sanctioned racial segregation. 60 years later, we still have work to […]

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Long time civil rights activist challenges charter school/segregation charges

Joe Nathan; School Talk, Twin Cities Daily Planet, April 25, 2014 Below is Bill Wilson’s Minnesota Senate testimony from earlier this year.  Bill is the first African American to be elected to the St. Paul City Council, the first to be elected City Council Chair.  Later he was appointed Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human RIghts […]

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Number of mostly white suburban charters has risen by 40% over 5 years, report says

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, October 9, 2013 The number of predominantly white charter schools in increasingly diverse Twin Cities suburbs grew by 40 percent over the last five years, according to a report just released by University of Minnesota researchers. The survey, conducted by the U of M Law School’s Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity(IMO), is the third since […]

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Ed school dean: Urban school reform is really about land development (not kids)

Valerie Strauss, Washington Post’s Answer Sheet, May 28, 2013 Here is a provocative piece from Leslie T. Fenwick, dean of the Howard University School of Education and a professor of education policy, about what is really behind urban school reform. It’s not about fixing schools, she argues, but, rather, about urban land development. Fenwick has devoted her […]

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School integration’s health impacts are significant and lifelong, study finds

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, April 16, 2013 – School integration in Minnesota is closely tied to individuals’ lifelong health on several levels, according to a study released Monday by a coalition of Twin Cities congregations [PDF]. Children who attend integrated schools are more likely to graduate from high school, earn better incomes and raise their own children in circumstances […]

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